Although Mini calls the Countryman an SUV, it feels much more like a conventional hatchback from behind the wheel. It may have slightly raised ground clearance and a tall roof, but the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai tower over you.
Forward visibility is pretty good, though, with that tall screen and the bulbous, rounded headlights making it easy to judge the edges of the car. Thick pillars front and back make it tricky to see over your shoulder when approaching junctions, though, and the small rear windows mean it can feel a little dark for those in the rear.
The good news is that rear parking sensors are standard, while front parking sensors are fairly affordable. Should you want even more reassurance, a rear-view camera is also available.